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Rádical. adj. [radical, Fr. from radix, Latin.]

  1. Primitive; original.

    The differences, which are secondary and proceed from these radical differences, are, plants are all figurate and determinate, which inanimate bodies are not. Bacon.

    Such a radical truth, that God is, springing up together with the essence of the soul, and previous to all other thoughts, is not pretended to by religion. Bentley.

  2. Implanted by nature.

    The emission of the loose and adventitious moisture doth betray the radical moisture, and carrieth it for company. Bac.

    If the radical moisture of gold were separated, it might be contrived to burn without being consumed. Wilkins.

    The sun beams render the humours hot, and dry up the radical moisture. Arbuthnot.

  3. Serving to origination.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Bentley, Richard (57) · Wilkins, John (32)

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